Grieving Orpington mum and family raise £6,000 in bid to leave lasting legacy for husband

PUBLISHED: 17:23 27 August 2015 | UPDATED: 17:23 27 August 2015

Paul, Emma and Isabelle Plowman.

Paul, Emma and Isabelle Plowman.


He died aged 34.

An Orpington mum and her family members have banded together and helped raise £6,000, after she tragically lost her husband.

Emma Plowman’s husband Paul died of a brain tumour in February this year.

He was diagnosed in August 2014 and was given just 12 to 18 months to live.

Mrs Plowman and her family decided to donate funds to Brain Tumour Research in memory of him.

She said: “It was such a terrible shock when Paul was diagnosed, but then to discover that research into this devastating disease is so badly funded was a cruel eye-opener.

“Just one per cent of the national cancer spend is allocated to brain tumours, yet they kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer.”

Her older brother, Ben Everest, took on a gruelling multi-activity challenge on and around Mount Snowdon to raise funds for the charity.

His triathlon-esque mountain event required him to cycle 17km around the bottom of the UK’s second highest peak, then trek for 15km up the Ranger Path to the summit and back down to one of the mountain’s lakes where he kayaked for 4km.

The challenge was chosen because Mr Plowman, a great enthusiast of mountain biking and endurance cycling, had himself enjoyed cycling in Snowdonia National Park before.

Mrs Plowman, along with her three-year-old daughter Isabelle and her younger brother Jack and his fiancée Sophie Tanswell, travelled to Snowdon to lend their support to Ben.

Mrs Plowman said: “Ben did really well and even to his own amazement completed the multi-challenge well under the maximum 12 hours allocated with a time of just nine hours.

“To date Ben has raised almost £700 which is fantastic. I am very proud of him and I know Paul would have been too.

“Paul’s passion for the great outdoors started in his teens when he was in the RAF cadets Air Training Corps.

“Later in his early twenties he really got serious about mountain biking and along with a group of friends set up a team known as ‘Anything 4 a Ride’. The four friends used to regularly train together and took part in numerous six to 24 hour endurance events.

“We held a Hoedown fundraiser in March in Tatsfield Village Hall for Brain Tumour Research’s annual ‘Wear A Hat Day’ campaign.

“I went ahead with it after much agonising, even though it was just a few weeks after Paul passed away aged 34 - three weeks before his 35th birthday - because I knew that would have been what he wanted, especially as we had been planning and organising it together.

“Tubbenden Nursery where Isabelle goes and the primary school attached also joined in Wear A Hat Day asking for donations to the charity and raised over £600 in Paul’s memory and last year our friend Katie Spreadbury, inspired by Paul, ran the London Marathon, raising over £3,000.”

She added: “All this fundraising amounts to around £6,600 which means that Paul’s legacy so far will allow us to sponsor two days of research.

“We will also be able to choose two tiles on significant dates on the Wall of Hope in one of Brain Tumour Research’s Centres of Excellence. Each day of research needs £2,740 of funding or £1m per year. This means so much to me.”

Carol Robertson, head of community fundraising at Brain Tumour Research, said: “We rely on our supporters to help raise awareness and fund desperately needed research and would like to thank Emma and Ben for their help to raise vital funds in memory of Paul.

“We are striving to fund a network of seven dedicated research centres whilst challenging the government and larger cancer charities to invest more in brain tumour research. Help us fund the fight. Together we will find a cure.”

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